TURNER, Maine (AP) — New England’s largest egg farm is eager to show it’s taking good care of its hens after reaching a settlement over allegations its birds were mistreated.

Last month, Maine Contract Farming agreed to pay $25,000 in penalties and to make a one-time payment of $100,000 to the Maine Department of Agriculture to settle the civil case.

Maine Contract Farming is a contract egg producer for Quality Egg of New England. There are about 5 million hens on the Turner site, formerly known as DeCoster Egg Farm.

Quality Egg’s John Glessner says he’s spent $700,000 for improvements, consultants and training. He says plans are in the works for a picnic and open house this fall so neighbors can see the improvements.

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